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Army to use ViaSat small tactical terminals in Apache helicopters

The U.S. Army is adding its AH-64E Apache helicopter fleet to the Link 16 network using a sole source solicitation of ViaSat Inc. ViaSat will utilize the Small Tactical Terminal (STT) KOR-24A to satisfy its requirement for an Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Small Airborne Link 16 Terminal.

The STT is a small, two-channel Link 16 and VHF/UHF radio terminal. While in flight, STT provides simultaneous voice and data communications. Weighing in at only 16 pounds, it reduces the size, weight and power of tactical data link equipment and includes a range of software-defined functions.

"The STT satisfies the latest requirements for Apache helicopters, providing a significant advance in battlefield communications as Link 16 and [Soldier Radio Waveform] become essential capabilities in the future of Army aviation," said Jay Kaufman, general manager of ViaSat Tactical Data Links.

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